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Pat Thornton

Pat Thornton
Name: Pat Thornton
Location: Owston Ferry, Doncaster
Crops: Oilseed Rape, Winter Wheat, Spring Barley
Farming philosophy:

If you do the same thing every year, you can’t expect a different result.

Biggest agronomic challenge:

If you do the same thing every year, you can’t expect a different result.

Occupation

Farmer

Address

Low Melwood Farm, Owston Ferry, Doncaster

Crops

Oilseed Rape, Winter Wheat, Spring Barley

About the farmer

Brought up on the family farm, Pat has combined a career in agronomy with his own farming activities. He has worked with ADAS, NIAB/TAG and AHDB where he had responsibility for running monitor farms. He also works as a consultant.

About the farm

The land here is pretty heavy.

The position as regards to blackgrass is challenging on this heavy land but rotational control is proving beneficial. A low disturbance cultivation and establishment system is favoured. It is a learning process, but I am using cover crops and direct drilling when appropriate.

I regard establishing oilseed rape as the biggest rotational challenge in my system. Establishing the crop after a spring cereal can be very short to create a strong plant to cope with CSFB pressure.

Farming philosophy

If you do the same thing every year, you can’t expect a different result.

Biggest agronomic challenge

My biggest agronomic challenges are growing oilseed rape, black-grass control and improving soil health.

Cultivation and drilling approach

Do only what is necessary.

Rotation

2 winter wheats, spring cereal, break.

What do they most value about Real Results?

I enjoy accessing new chemistry.

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